Manang students deprived of education as schools affected heavily by continuous floods
June 26, 2021 03:13 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, June 26: Various schools in Manang district have been heavily affected by the floods caused by incessant rains in the region putting the parents, teachers, and students in a state of dilemma.
As many as three secondary schools out of four education institutions in the district have suffered severe damages by continuous floods in the district.
The Lokpriya Secondary School building in Chame Rural Municipality is currently at risk following the increase of water levels in the Marsyangdi River. The students of the school are left worried without any idea when their studies will resume again.
According to Manoj Gurung, a grade 8 student of Prakash Jyoti Secondary School in Thoche, “We have lost our village and our school which has left us without any means of receiving education in our district.”
The continuous rainfall and floods in the district have left only traces of the school where students from the district once received their education.
As stated by Priya Gurung, a student of grade 9, the possibility of pursuing education while living near her home has been taken away by the flood as well. Gurung said that the students of Manang have lost not only their homes but are now deprived of education as well.
Furthermore, Bhanu Secondary School in Nason Rural Municipality-1 is on the brink of being inundated by the flood from the Marsyangdi River. Locals say there is no way to prevent the school from damages as the whole village is at the risk of floods.
According to Narayan Yogi, Chief of Education Development and Coordination Unit, only one school in the whole district has been unaffected by the flood and landslides so far.
He said that the repair and rebuilding of the affected schools are bound to take time due to the heavy damages in the physical infrastructures of the buildings.
The locals of Manang are now sending their children to other places which has added to their woes following the lack of schools in the region.